Photo IDs stolen bike

Matthew Peters with Senior Constables Salisbury and Higgins from Cambridge Police.

On Monday 14 December 11-year-old Matthew Peters biked to Leamington Primary School.  Unfortunately, on this particular day Matthew failed to lock his bike up securely and someone stole it.

As luck would have it, however, the family had a recent photo of the bike, so police knew exactly what they were looking for.  The family had given up all hopes of ever seeing the bike again when they received a call from police informing them that a young person had been seen riding the bike around Cambridge with no helmet on.  The undamaged bike was returned to the family and police are dealing with the juvenile offender.

The Peters family expressed that they were “very proud of our local police and the outstanding service they provided” and Matthew baked the police a delicious cake to say thank you.

This story highlights the importance of taking photos of your personal items and recording serial numbers, especially around Christmastime when there will no doubt be new valuables under the tree.  SNAP is an initiative of the New Zealand Police, aiming to prevent burglary, and make it harder for criminals to sell stolen goods in New Zealand.  Please visit to find out more and register your items.

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